30 minuten - 2 uren
The rear camera on my ~1 year old, 16 GB iPhone 4S stopped working suddenly. I was still running iOS 5.1.1, but the update to iOS 6 did nothing to remedy the issue. Every time I pulled up the camera, the shutter would remain shut and the buttons all grayed out. During one attempt, I was able to switch to the front camera, and it worked fine.
Very smooth with the following exceptions;
(1) Step 5, Battery Pressure Contact
Hopefully I did not damage anyting, but I never saw this feature. I was able to cleanly remove and reinstall the battery without this being an issue.
(2) Step 11, Cable Cover / EMI Shield
The shield that covers the camera's flexible leads and connector is not trivial to remove. I was able to pry the tabs out of their slots on the EMI shield as the instructions state, but the cover does not then simply come out; there is another tab that reaches down and under a vertical flexible harness that prevented me from removing the shield. I did not want to damage the other harness, so I managed to move the cover aside far enough to unplug and remove the camera assembly. Installation of the new camera was performed the same way.
I think you can't go wrong emphasizing just how VERY small the fasteners are. Any one of these would have been very easy to loose or damage during reinstall due to overtorque.
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